LONDON - UK PM Cameron says "open governments -backing open economies- make for successful nations."
LONDON – UK PM Cameron says “open governments -backing open economies- make for successful nations.”
The annual summit of Open Government Partnership (OGP) kicked off in British capital London on Thursday with the attendance of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay.
The summit, which is taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, is hosting many leaders and representatives of governments and states including UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak and Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.
Delivering his speech at the opening of the summit, Cameron explained that open governments were important for a nation’s success and plan for prosperity, adding that long-term economic success was related to the power of political institutions. He noted, “open governments – backing open economies – make for successful nations.”
Launched in 2011, the OGP calls itself a “multilateral initiative” aimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable.
Alongside Turkey, this year’s summit in London is hosting officials and delegations from 61 different countries.
The UK previously announced the summit’s primary topics would include “fiscal transparency” and “access to information.”
Furthermore, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Atalay is expected to hold bilateral meetings within the scope of his London talks.